South News

November Edition

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Book Fair

Our Fall Book Fair is Tuesday Nov. 1st - Friday Nov. 4th. The Book Fair is located in the library and is open from 8:15am - 4:30 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and 8:15am-3:30pm on Friday. Staff and volunteers will be available to assist students when shopping. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted. A great option is loading money through the ewallet so kids don’t have to carry money to school. This can be set up on the Book Fair website below. Parents can also visit the book fair with their child by checking in at the front office and getting a visitor’s pass.

If you would like to help at the Book Fair, please sign up here:

Sales from the book fair provide new books for all kids to check out from the library and books for teachers to use in their classrooms. Funds also help replace damaged and lost books. We appreciate your support of South. YAY for books!

Book Fair Website:

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A note from our school nurse, Erika McKnight!

I am Erika McKnight, and this is my first year at Ozark South Elementary. I am so glad to be here! I have been a nurse for 6 years and have spent the last 5 of those years working in surgery, taking care of patients of all ages . Being able to care for children is a lifelong passion of mine, and I am so grateful to do so! My husband and I live in Ozark with our two children and we love the Ozark community.

A few reminders from Nurse Erika-

-If you haven't already, please provide updated immunization records for your student.

-Please practice proper hand washing techniques with your students at home.

-Please do not send your student to school if in the last 24 hours they have had one or more of the following symptoms-

*a fever of 100.0 or higher



*persistent coughing in which the student cannot catch their breath, are wheezing, or coughing to the point they vomit.

*Green or yellow drainage from eyes-could be pinkeye which needs to be treated with antibiotics!

If you are unsure if you should send your child to school, feel free to email me or call my office to verify.

Nurse Erika Contact Info


Character Kids

Throughout the year, South focuses on nine character traits that we want all students in Ozark Public Schools to have mastered by the time they graduate. Each month we focus on one of the Portrait of a Graduate words. Classroom teachers nominate one student from their class who best exhibits that character trait. South then recognizes those students with an all-school assembly in which their parents are invited to attend. Out of the twenty-eight students nominated, one student is chosen as "Top Tiger" and is recognized at the monthly Ozark School board meeting for going above and beyond displaying the character trait.

Attendance Matters!

Arriving to school on time is crucial. The doors open at 8:15 and the tardy bell rings at 8:40, just before daily announcements begin! Students must be INSIDE the building before 8:40 to avoid being marked late.

It is imperative that you walk your child into the building and check them in at the office if they are being dropped off after 8:40am. This ensures that all students are accounted for and we ensure a safe entry into the building.

Attendance is essential for scholastic success. The compulsory attendance laws of Missouri require district resident children between the ages of 7 and 16 years old to attend school. If a child will be absent for any reason, a parent/guardian should notify the school office and send in a doctor's note if applicable. Those experiencing difficulties attending school will receive a series of informational letters encouraging changes in attendance habits. These letters will be sent out at 5, 10, 13 and 17 cumulative absences. This includes being tardy, late arrivals, early dismissals and full day absences.
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Join South Elementary PTA!

Follow the link below to join the South Elementary PTA!
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Free & Reduced Meal Information

Information and the application for free & reduced school meals can be found here:
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